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Belgium seeks two new suspects over Paris attacks

Published 04/12/2015

Belgian police are hunting two men who used the IDs Samir Bouzid and Soufiane Kayal (AP)
Belgian police are hunting two men who used the IDs Samir Bouzid and Soufiane Kayal (AP)

Belgian authorities are searching for two new suspects in the Paris attacks investigation, both of whom used fake identity cards.

The Belgian Federal Prosecutor's office said the men, carrying bogus IDs with the names of Samir Bouzid and Soufiane Kayal, were travelling in a Mercedes with another at-large suspect, Salah Abdeslam, when the car was checked on September 9 at the Hungarian-Austrian border.

The Kayal identity was used to rent a house in the Belgian town of Auvelais that authorities searched as a possible site for making the suicide bombs used in the November 13 attacks in Paris.

Belgian authorities said the false ID in the name of Bouzid was used at a Western Union office in the Brussels area at about 6pm on November 17 to send a 750-euro (£540) money order to Hasna Ait Boulhacen, cousin of the purposed attack ringleader, Abdelhamid Abaaoud.

Boulhacen and Abaaoud died on November 18 when French police stormed their hideout in a Paris suburb.

The two new suspects "are being actively sought by Belgian and French police services", the prosecutor's office said.

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